The U.S. is putting unjustified pressure on Bangladesh which is nearing the 2024 general parliamentary election.
U.S. Congressmen repeatedly called on the President and the Secretary of State in recent months to take measures that could make the government of Bangladesh give its people maximum opportunity for a “free and fair election”. Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department even announced provisions restricting the issuance of U.S. entry visa for the persons and their families, responsible for hampering a “democratic election process” in Bangladesh.
What’s shocking is that America is justifying its interference in the internal affairs of this sovereign state, saying that the “support for a free and fair general parliamentary election” in Bangladesh is to promote democracy, not to intervene in internal affairs.
The Bangladeshi government is strongly opposing and rejecting such interference in its internal affairs on the part of the U.S. under the pretext of “democracy”.
Its Prime Minister exposed on an official occasion that a few big powers are trying to tame her government to their liking because of the geopolitical importance of Bangladesh, and denounced the U.S. for granting asylum to the murderers who killed the first President of Bangladesh while turning a blind eye to the demands for their repatriation.
The Bangladesh’s foreign minister revealed that the outside forces do not wish the best for Bangladesh but rather look forward to its unrest, so that they can fish in troubled waters. 22 countries will hold general elections next year but only the U.S. is trying to meddle in the general elections of Bangladesh, he said, and exposed that the main purpose of the U.S. is to take advantage of Bangladesh in implementing its Indo-Pacific strategy.
The international community is raising the voice of criticism against the blatant interference by the U.S. that is putting unjust pressure on the Bangladeshi government pursuing independent external and internal policies in the interests of its people.
The spokesperson of the Russian foreign ministry denounced the pressure on Bangladesh by the U.S. and EU as a flagrant interference in the internal affairs and an expression of neo-colonialist mentality.
The Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh stressed that whoever takes office in Bangladesh is for her people to decide.
India, Bangladesh’s neighbor, is also reported to have conveyed her position to the U.S. that a series of measures the latter has taken to destabilize the Bangladeshi government are not favorable to the overall security of the South Asian region.
The UN Charter clearly stipulates that equality and non-interference are the principles to be observed by the UN member states. Countries may be large or small in terms of size but not high or low in terms of status.
Nothing will justify the U.S. interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states.